- Seeming innocence tricks us!
A shot of soju.
I'll be back.
Pick of the Archive:
Favourite Posts, Jan. - March '07
The Norwegians have a word (or rather, a phrase) for it.
A key incident from my childhood explains why I don't get hangovers.
Sweet nostalgia - a recollection of childhood holidays in Somerset.
Another story from one of my favourite pubs in Oxford: a description of the greatest pool shot I have ever played.
Hanging out with my best beer buddy, The Bookseller.
One of my best haiku, I think - inspired by an image in Homer's Odyssey.
A hymn of praise for my favourite pool-playing pub ever.
A strange piece of cyber-idiocy prompts some philosophical musing.
An old, old haiku resurrected as an evocation of the aftermath of parties.
A humorous poem, but - as is usually the case with me - it has a dark heart; and on this occasion I was posting it within minutes of composition.
Another poem, another Lost Love - memories forever associated with my favourite bar in Dublin.
Stressed out by my party endeavours, I indulge in a RANT against some of my more thoughtless guests (well, one in particular!).
A thumbnail description of the after-party mellow.
A poem about the greatest of all my Lost Loves, 'The Evil One', and an account of how it came to be written.
My ex's renunciation of a social life prompted me to write a poem, 'Off Parties'.
An anecdote from my days at Bar School: fond memories of a great friend from those days, and the wonderful bar we used to hang out in together.
A final visit to a significant bar from my childhood, and a maudlin farewell to my late brother.
I rediscover an old poem about a Great Lost Love; this one really was originally written down on a napkin in a bar.
A strange micro-autobiography: how Philip Larkin (and an unknown literary competition contributor) saved me from a career as a lawyer.
23) Uncivilised Behaviour - 17th January
'Found humour' - an attempt to curb the riotous behaviour of Oxford undergraduates in the 19th Century.
24) When Unsuitable Role Models Collide - 17th January
Wistful musing on a meeting between two of my musical heroes, Tom Waits and Jem Finer.
25) In defence of my 'love life' - 14th January
Responding to some abuse from a passing 'troll', I describe my views on drink, alcoholism, and romance rather more fully than I have before. The comments on this one are pretty interesting too.
26) Perversity - 13th January
A short poem on the strange, masochistic pleasures of vainly 'window-shopping' for a girlfriend.
27) Valuable Drinking Time - 9th January
There are two kinds of Time: Regular Time and Valuable Drinking Time.
My Classical education raises its head again: a poem inspired by an incident in Virgil's Aeneid.
A few words in praise of memory loss - and an outline for one of my proposed novels.
The Inuit have a word for it!